Sylvester Primer, retired professor
of Germanic studies, died on August 13, 1912. He was 69.
Professor Primer was born on December
14, 1842, in Geneva, Wisconsin. He was awarded a bachelor's degree from
Harvard University in 1874 and a PhD from the University of Strassburg
Dr. Primer taught at the College of
Charleston, the Friend's School in Providence, Rhode Island, and the
College of Colorado. He joined the faculty of The University of Texas
at Austin in 1891, where he taught for the remainder of his career.
In addition to serving as chairman of Germanic studies, he also directed
the University's program in romance languages for a number of years.
Professor Primer's published works included
Die Consonantische Deklination in den germanischen Sprachen (1880)
and annotated editions of Lessing's Minna von Barnhelm (1889),
Lessing's Nathan der Weise (1894), and Goethe's Egmont
During the Civil War, Professor Primer
was a member of the 108th New York Infantry and the Fifteenth New York
Cavalry. He fought in twenty-three battles, including Antietam.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18, 2001.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas
History Center and the New
Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association,